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June 19th - 25th, 2016

Regional Updates

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“The MTA should not have a blank check to come into a community and build whatever it wants for virtually any purpose, regardless of the will of the community. Repealing this authority is an important step to protecting our communities’ ability to regulate their land use for the benefit of their residents, without impacting the MTA’s existing ability to provide important services.” - New York State Senator Jack Martins speaking on legislation to repeal the MTA's zoning exemption

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EPA Assures Safety of Garvies Point Land

Vision joined around 150 stakeholders at an EPA meeting at Glen Cove High School this week, where some residents raised concerns about a former industrial area’s safety as the Garvies Point project moves forward.

During the meeting, the EPA outlined its plan for more environmental cleanup of the land, which served for decades as the location of metal processing and disposal. The removal of approximately 8,500 cubic yards of soil, in addition to the 158,000 yards that have already been removed, is among the proposed strategy for clean-up procedures. To date, over $88 million has been spent to clean up the site over the past two decades, resulting in 98 percent of the entire 56 acre site being cleaned up. The remaining 2 percent has some persistent arsenic, triggering the proposal for additional soil to be removed.

Supporters of Garvies Point contend that the remediation of the site is instrumental in replacing what was an environmental disaster. Additionally, the development will precipitate economic development and new parkland, while simultaneously generating new taxes. About 20 residents raised questions to the EPA representatives, with about half of those raising questions or concerns being residents of neighboring Sea Cliff and with the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor. Questions regarding portability of drinking water dredging, wetlands, cancer clusters, pollution from cars, sewage and air were asked, as well as other topics. There are no public wells in the area according to Nassau County regulation, which would help with potential water quality issues.

Many stipulations are being enacted in order to ensure the safety of children and families who will be living and playing in the area. For example, the EPA is requiring that 2 feet of clean soil be placed under parkland. Construction of buildings and pavement will be permitted on soil that is found to have low levels of contamination. Single family homes are also barred from the development since they require more digging of the soil during construction. Further conditions prohibit gardening outside of raised planting beds. The EPA claimed that as of now, all but a small area of the site is safe for development. The EPA will also require tests of the soil every five years after the new remediation is complete.

You can read more about the EPA’s measures to ensure safety at the Garvies Point site in Newsday.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Celebrates Grand Opening of Amityville Community Resource Center

Vision joined hundreds of people on last week to support the LI Coalition for the Homeless for the grand opening of the Amityville Community Resource Center at Liberty Village in Amityville.

The Resource Center is the former home of the Armed Forces Recruitment and Training Center, which served as an operational military base and facility until it was closed in 2011. The 40,000 square foot building sits on nine acres of property and is now ready for its new purpose: serving homeless persons and veterans. 4 to 5 acres of the land is used to maintain 60 units of permanent, affordable housing for 60 veterans and their families. Concern for Independent Living was selected to maintain these properties by a local selection committee comprised of representatives from veteran agencies, the Departments of Social Services and Veteran Services, housing agencies and PHA’s. The units, which veterans were able to move into as of October, 2014, were made possible with the help of federal, state and local officials including Governor Cuomo, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, the Long Island Regional Economic Council, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer.

The Community Resource Center, located on a parcel of land in front of the 60 residential units, will allow 10 organizations who work to support Long Island’s homeless and veteran folks to be located in the same place. Participating groups include United Veterans Beacon House, Family Service League, Suffolk County United Veterans, and Concern for Independent Living. It was transferred to a subsidiary of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. The ultimate goal of the Resource Center is to provide people in need with a location where they can make an appointment and get housing assistance, case management employment training, counseling, and other necessary services in one visit from multiple agencies. The building will also contain a distribution center that will give out clothing, food, toiletries, and other essentials. Both the residential Liberty Village and the Resource Center have received Smart Growth Awards.

Speakers at the grand opening included Coalition President Charlie Russo, Executive Director Greta Guarton, Concern for Independent Living and Liberty Village Developer Ralph Fasano, Suffolk Veteran Services Tom Ronayne, HUD’s Vincent Hom, as well as veterans who work and live at the facility. The Coalition’s achievements are testament to the leadership and determination of Director Greta Guarton, who, for the last 20 years, has led the group with concrete results. The opening of this Community Resource Center represents another step towards eliminating homelessness on Long Island.

You can read more about the Amityville Community Resource Center on their website.

Scoping Session Held for Syosset Park Development

Vision board and staff attended a scoping hearing held by the Town of Oyster Bay for the proposed Syosset Park mixed use development on Monday night. This new proposal follows a contentious and unsuccessful suggestion to build a mall on the site. Preliminary public meetings for this project, which plans to redevelop approximately 93 acres of land that was previously zoned for industrial purposes (and was the location of the former Town landfill) and transform it into a planned town center, were held back in March 2015. The new community would include 625 residential units, 464,000 square feet of retail, entertainment, and restaurant space, 200,000 square feet of office space, over 30 acres of parking, and two hotels. All of the buildings would be restricted to four stories.

The site was acquired in two parcels; in May 2013 the Simon Property Group, a shopping mall developer that includes the Garden City-based Albanese Organization and Castagna Realty, purchased the first 54-acre plot from Oyster Bay’s Department of Public Works. The Group then bought the adjacent 39-acre site from a rival mall builder, Taubman Centers, the following January. Taubman Centers had previously spent over 160 million dollars and 18 years in its quest of building a mall on the site before eventually selling the land to the Simon Group.

Attendees of the meeting suggested an expanded traffic analysis and confirmation that soil be tested for contamination. Vision mentioned the need to examine the possibility of including additional workforce housing and rental units as well as expanded transit options (via bus or shuttle, for example) and walkability within the development.

The next steps for the development include a final scope for the Environmental Impact Statement on the project which will adhere to State Environmental Quality Review requirements, as well as some of the concerns that were mentioned at the meeting. Following will be a period to comment on the document with public hearings before the Town. The town board is allowing written comments from the public and other agencies on the project’s scoping draft until July 13. 

You can read more about the proposed development here.

Local Officials Raise Concern Over Exempt Zoning for MTA

Local elected officials held a meeting last week in Freeport to rally behind the movement to repeal a provision hidden within the state budget that exempts the Metropolitan Transit Authority from laws and zoning rules for any property that it redevelops. A number of local officials worried that the MTA may lease some of the land that it controls to developers for multistory commercial developments without local review in order to cover their rising costs. The law would also allow new developments, such as an apartment building, to not pay local property taxes or contribute to the cost of services for new residents.

The MTA claims that they already had the ability to ignore local zoning laws and that this new stipulation was just a way to clarify their powers. While there have not been issues in the past with this law, some point out that raising real-estate values are causing the MTA to look for new ways to increase revenue. Additionally, the language of the law was altered in the state budget legislation that was passed on April 1st. While the law has always exempted the MTA from local zoning requirements on facilities for “transportation or transit purposes”, the new law now allows exemption for all efforts that indirectly benefit transportation. This includes projects that may generate revenue that could cover some of the MTA’s cost. They further argue that even with this authority in the past, they have always worked in a collaborative manner with local government and officials on projects ranging from the Hudson Yards district in Manhattan to residential and commercial projects in more suburban areas.

A number of officials support the repeal of the law, including Assemblyman Brennan from Brooklyn and the New York City government, which has suggested other ways the MTA could make money, such as going into the real-estate-development business. The city specifically cited its concerns that they would lose power to review the redevelopment of the former MTA headquarters located near Grand Central Terminal at 347 Madison Avenue. While no procedures that are currently in place are set to change, city officials are concerned that the law will make them inferior to the MTA in future negotiations.

However, on June 17, Senator Jack Martins announced that legislation he had sponsored that repeals the provision of the law that gave the MTA virtually unimpeded power to ignore local zoning codes has been passed by the New York State Senate. He emphasized that despite the pledges from MTA officials not to change their practices, something as important as this should not depend solely on promises. “The MTA should not have a blank check to come into a community and build whatever it wants for virtually any purpose, regardless of the will of the community. Repealing this authority is an important step to protecting our communities’ ability to regulate their land use for the benefit of their residents, without impacting the MTA’s existing ability to provide important services,” noted Senator Martins. The Assembly also passed the legislation and it will now be sent to Governor Cuomo for review.

You can read more about the concerns of local municipalities over the lack of control over their local zoning on MTA-owned properties, as well as Senator Martins’ new legislation in the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine,  and from Senator Martins press release.

10-20 Bus Routes to be Cut in Suffolk County

Officials say that between 10 and 20 bus routes will be cut in Suffolk County after the Fair Share Commuter Tax legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ramos and Senator Martins did not pass during the New York State legislative session. These cuts are likely to have severe impacts on the 1500 working residents and students who rely on the bus routes to make it to school and work each day. Aaron Watkins-Lopez, an organizer for Long Island Bus Riders Union, said, “It’s abhorrent and disheartening to see them cut so many routes.”

Approximately 3 million dollars will be saved in the remainder of 2016 after the routes with low ridership are eliminated in September. The county is currently facing a projected $129.4 million budget deficit in the upcoming year. While service will not fully be suspended, a number of additional bus routes are still likely to see the frequency of service reduced. A list of Suffolk’s bus routes to be cut will be released later this week. Hearings will be organized for this summer in order to inform the public of the reduced transportation service.

County Executive Steve Bellone initially cut 10 million dollars in transportations services for the disabled, hoping that the county would consequently receive more state funding. Last March, Bellone suggested to lawmakers in Albany that they send back 32.5 million dollars of the 1.5 billion dollars in revenues from the unpopular MTA payroll tax to the county to help prevent cuts to local bus service. Many people viewed this as a gamble with the potential to negatively impact scores of low-income riders. Suffolk County will receive 26 million dollars in bus and disabled transportation funding from the state, just a portion of the 66 million dollars Nassau County is set to receive. Despite the fact that Nassau’s bus system carries over 4 times as many riders as Suffolk’s, officials insist that the number of lane miles, which are very similar in each county, is truly what drives up costs. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan called Suffolk’s attempt to receive more state funding by threatening to cut transportation services “highly inappropriate”. Public Works Commissioner Gil Anderson said that the reduction in cuts from 10 million dollars to 3 million dollars is due to the decreasing prices of gasoline and diesel, as well as a federal grant for Suffolk County Accessible Transportation. At this point, no routes servicing disabled riders are expected to be cut.

DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk Presiding Officer, was disappointed by the county’s inability to receive more funding from the state, claiming, “These cuts will come on the backs of those who can least afford it.” However, county lawmakers insist that there are no other places to reduce costs in the budget. A spokesperson for Governor Cuomo pointed out that state transportation aid for Suffolk’s transportation systems had increased by 1.5 million dollars, or six percent, from last year. Vision’s director, Eric Alexander, contended that the bus cuts will hurt efforts to promote economic development in downtowns. “It clearly sends the wrong message,” he said.

You can read more about the bus route cuts in Suffolk County in Newsday.

Albany's Legislative Session: A Mix of Progress and Many Missed Opportunities.....

Not a year of overwhelming progress from Albany but there were some highlights. Here is a summary of Vision and LI Lobby Coalition priorities:

Small Business & Economic Development:
The Senate passed the Small Business Savings Accounts legislation for the third straight year. For the third straight year the Assembly failed to put it up for a vote, with the bill stalling in Ways and Means. Stay tuned for a more detailed update. On a positive front, NYS EDC put out an RFP for funding downtown areas. 20 municipalities responded on LI for what will be one grant $10 million award.

The Fair Share for LI Commuter Tax bill failed to advance resulting in continued flow of LI dollars away from our region. The hope was that this bill would shore up funding for Suffolk County Transit which will now see a reduction in routes. Some good news, NYS DOT announced a $110 million for pedestrian safety in upstate NY and on LI. Some of the funding may go to other priorities than the actual redesign of LI's dangerous roadways but it is an important first step towards reversing current conditions.

Both the Assembly and Senate passed legislation mandating testing at LI school districts for lead in water systems. Other good news is that the safe disposal of pharmaceutical drugs is being addressed by the administration.

Human Needs:

Legislation addressing Zombie houses passed both the Senate and Assembly and just received the signature of the Governor.

Local Projects:
The fate of a series of local infrastructure projects requested funding is unclear. The varying NYS agencies will release project lists and funding determinations so stay tuned.

While none of these were on our list, of course there were a series of entertainment and lifestyle issues that did move forward:
You can drink now at early Sunday brunches, Ticket bots are denied, so access to concerts should be fairer. Fantasy sports is now legal. MMA is not banned anymore. Who can forget last year's banning of taking a picture with a tiger?

Hopefully the many items left undone this session will move to the front of the line in the next session. Clearly it is worth reminding our elected officials the mixed results this year and the priorities for LI moving forward.

Farmingdale Live at Five on Main Events this Summer

Farmingdale Live at Five On Main is a free summer program offering a number of music nights to people in downtown Farmingdale Village. The event will take place four times throughout the summer, with dates set for July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th from 5pm to 9pm. Three bands will perform each night along Main Street between Prospect Street and North Front Street. The event will focus on more than just music; many merchants, restaurants, and clubs will be participating to provide the public with a number of options for dining and shopping. Three of the four nights will also feature a movie night on the Village Green, weather permitting.

No traffic will be allowed on Main Street on either side of Conklin Street from 4pm to 10pm, allowing for a two block pedestrian area for the events. Free parking will be available in Village parking lots, which are located along Conklin, on Main Street, north and south of the street closure, in the former Waldbaum’s parking lot, along neighboring streets, or in the Train Stations Lots after 4 pm. Similar events are also being held in Patchogue (Alive After Five), on July 7th, July 21st, August 4th, and August 18th, and in Riverhead (Alive on 25) on July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th.  Farmingdale and Riverhead's events are modeled after Patchogue's Alive After Five event (now in its 15th year), which was recently awarded a Smart Growth Award.

More information about participating merchants and supporters and rain dates is available on Farmingdale's Live at Five’s website.

Westbury Concert Series

The Village of Westbury will be hosting its free evening concert series at the Piazza Ernesto Strada in the Village of Westbury Square on the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue. Free parking for attendees will be available in the Village Madison Avenue parking lot behind Rite Aid. All of this year’s concerts will be held on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm. Featured performers include Dance Visions NY, North Shore Pops, and Sonido Clasico. The series will also include an art event to complement the music. Handmade cards and Paint Night are just a couple of the activities to be held in conjunction with the concerts.

For more information, you can visit the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts’ website.

Dance Visions NY with Art by Jay Stuart

The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is hosting an evening of dance and art on July 1st from 7pm to 9pm.

Dance Visions NY, one of Long Island’s celebrated dance companies, will be performing a series of joyous outdoor dances to welcome in the summer. At the same time, Jay Stuart will be exhibiting his art and present a live art rendering. Stuart’s work consists mainly of illustrations made with India ink and brush. This event will take place at the Piazza Ernesto Strada at the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue in Westbury.

More information about this event and upcoming summer events can be found on Westbury Arts’ website.

2nd Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival in Huntington

The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in partnership with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council is hosting the Second Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington Village on Saturday, July 23 from 12pm to 10:30pm.

The event will feature live music all day, 15 plus workshops and community jams, local artists, food, and exhibits. This great festival will bring together music lovers and musicians of all ages to listen to and play a variety of music ranging from jazz to funk, blues, electronic, and even hip-hop.  To find out more, to sponsor the event, or to register for workshops, please visit Coltrane Home's  website.

Free Huntington Station Bicycle Safety Fair

The Huntington Station Bicycle Safety Fair is an event meant to recognize and acknowledge locals who use bicycles to commute around their communities. The fair will take place at St. Hugh’s Church , 21 E 9th Street in Huntington Station from 12PM-4PM on Saturday, July 16th.

“Although not a cyclist myself, I care deeply for those who have the integrity to travel via bicycle in almost any weather condition, day or night, to make it to their places of employment,” said Angela Satcher, an organizer of the event.  “Everyone deserves to be safe on the road. Until Long Island recognizes the need for safer cycling conditions, this the least I can do to make it safer in Huntington. “

This free event will feature opportunities for cyclists to learn about their rights and laws, the chance to win giveaways, including t-shirts, Frisbees,  kids’ bikes, and free safety gear. For more information about the fair, you can call 631-629-4660, email, or visit their website.

Review Meetings for NYMTC Drafts

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), a regional council of governments that provides a collaborative planning forum to address transportation-related issues among other items, has organized drafts of its Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2017 to 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). There will be a thirty-day public comment period for these draft products, beginning on Wednesday June 22, 2016 and ending at 4 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in order for the public to provide feedback on the Transportation Conformity Determination draft and TIP.

At the commencement of the comment period, all drafts will be made available online. A number of Public Review Meetings will be held at both 3pm and 6:30pm on July 12 on Long Island at Republic Airport Main Terminal in Farmingdale, and on July 13 in New York City at the NYMYC location. Webinars will also be offered to accommodate people who are unable to attend the meetings. In order to RSVP for a meeting and request a hard copy of the drafts, you may contact Toshema Johnson at 212-383-7256 or You can find more information about the drafts including addresses for the review meeting locations and information regarding Plan 2045 here.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

Senior Community Planner Wanted for NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program

The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery is hiring a Senior Community Planner to develop and implement projects and programs that are driven by the community. This position requires close work with other staff in the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, as well as local officials and community members.

A Bachelor’s degree and  8 years of full time experience, or a Master’s degree and 6 years of full time experience are required for this position.  To view the full job position click here, or  you may email  Jeanmarie Buffett, the Long Island Director, here with any questions.

Habitat Suffolk Seeks AmeriCorps Members

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk has several AmeriCorps crew leader positions available. The members serving in this role will be part of the AmeriCorps team that will give the necessary boost to significantly increase the number of families that the Habitat Suffolk affiliate is able to serve through their affordable housing rehab and new construction projects. These are 10 ½ month terms of service.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, and have a high school diploma/GED, or agree to work towards one while serving. As well as gaining new skills on the job, Americorps members will receive health insurance, are eligible to receive a $5,730 award to pay for college, sick pay, and childcare assistance, as well as other benefits.

Information about this program and the positions available can be seen here. For more details, please contact Lindsey Gordon at 631-HABITAT x114.

Over $200 Million in Funding Available for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

New York State has  more than $200 million in expired earmarks and grants available that can now be spent due to provisions in the current federal transportation funding bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST). This money includes over $18 million for projects involving bicycles and pedestrians, as well as other roadway improvements. Parks & Trails New York has assembled a website that explains both eligibility requirements and a map illustrating where each earmark may be used.

Long Island has several million dollars that were earmarked for projects over 10 years ago, with the projects either not coming to fruition, being partially complete, or being funded by other sources.  Instead of losing out on those earmarks, funding will be able to be repourposed for other projects within a 50 mile radius of the original project location., that are eligible for Surface Transportation Block Grant  funding, and that will be complete on or before September of 2019. The maximum Federal share of funding for the new project must be the same as the share of the original project.

New York State has to notify the Federal Highway Authority of its decision to repurpose the money by August 29, 2016, so the deadline is quickly approaching. You can contact your bicycle and pedestrian coordinator if you have an eligible local project for which you would like to receive funding. For more information or if you have any questions, please call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583, or email Ron Epstein of NYSDOT at


What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
Tickets and more information available here




Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
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Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

Crumbling Infrastructure Inspires The Onion Article

Many of the nation’s roads are in poor condition, and the streets and avenues that wind throughout Long Island are no exception. Brutal winters unleash a pothole plague year after year, punishing both the roads and the drivers and pedestrians who are so dependent on them as a means of transportation. Weather is not the only guilty party, though; the magnitude of Long Island’s daily traffic causes an immense amount of wear and tear too. In fact, travel on New York State highways have increased 21 percent between 1990 and 2013, despite the fact that the population has only increased 9 percent. Many motorists feel discouraged by the poor conditions of roads that seemingly never improve. Although the new long-term highway bill signed last year is a step in the right direction, much more needs to be done to address the country's crumbling infrastructure. 

Such treacherous road conditions and a lack of response  to properly remedy neglected roadways has inspired an article from The Onion about how officials are able to find “a certain kind of beauty in decay” in an effort to justify and excuse their lack of action in resolving the crumbling infrastructure. You can read the article here.

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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